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2013-12-04 / Editorial

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Ken-Ton Editor

NICE THANKSGIVING — I hope readers had a restful Thanksgiving weekend spent with family and friends.

One thing I admire about my parents is that they always reach out to people on Thanksgiving who may not have anywhere to go. This year, it was one of my brother’s college classmates from Pakistan. It was an interesting experience having him at the table and hearing about life in another part of the globe. We shared with him what an authentic American Thanksgiving is like, and a couple of days later, he brought over ingredients to share with us how to make Pakistani chai tea. It was delicious.

DROP AND SHOP — I find Christmas shopping exhausting, between the traffic and crowds, and that’s just by myself. I cannot imagine trying to manage it with kids. The Mount St. Mary Academy Alumnae Association aims to give some respite to weary mothers and fathers through its “Holiday Drop and Shop,” where parents can drop their children off for babysitting and go shopping, all in one place.

The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the school, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Alumnae and students will be babysitting. For $5 — per child — parents may drop off their child for babysitting, where children will enjoy activities and cookies. Reservations are required for this service by calling 877-1358, ext. 414 or emailing afussell@msmacademy.org.

At the holiday market, a number of vendors will be selling items. There will be Pampered Chef, Silpada, Party Lite, Mary Kay, Baby Boutique and Discovery Toys, among others. Parking is available behind the school.

CHECK OUT THE ART — When it came time to pick a major in college, I had a hard time choosing between English and art. I enjoyed both and, in high school, drew, and even won a few blue ribbons for, portraits. I had heard a few too many stories about starving artists, however, and in the end chose English with the intention of becoming a teacher. Life took a turn toward journalism, though, and I’m glad.

The Kenmore Art Society is holding its annual free Holiday Art Show daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The show features work in a variety of media from 32 members of the Art Society. Most of the works on display are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.schofield care.org.

MEET A SABRE — Students at Kenmore West Senior High School have the opportunity to meet Buffalo Sabres captain Steve Ott through a new pledge contest. Ott has teamed up with AT&T to encourage students to sign a pledge promising to refrain from texting while driving. The pledge drive is open through Jan. 31. The high school with the most pledges will win a meet-and-greet with Ott. The school’s hockey team will also get to hold a practice with Ott at the First Niagara Center. The winning school will be selected in February.

Students can take the pledge once a day throughout the promotion. They can also ask friends, family members and neighbors to take the pledge on behalf of their school. The pledge can be taken at www.whyipledge.com/buffalo.

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